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Aston Martin Vantage

Aston-martin-v8-vantage-2008The Aston Martin Vantage is by far my favourite Aston in their range. A muscular but sleek looking machine. The sound of the racing engines at Silverstone this year were awesome.

The V8 Vantage was initially powered by a 4.3 L (4300 cc) quad-cam 32 valve V8 which produced 380 hp at 7,300 rpm and 302 lb·ft at 5,000 rpm. However models produced after 2008 had a 4.7 litre 420 hp V8. Though based loosely on Jaguar’s AJ-V8 engine architecture, this engine was unique to Aston Martin and featured race-style dry-sump lubrication, which enabled it to be mounted low in the chassis for an improved center of gravity. The cylinder block and heads, crankshaft, connecting rods, pistons, camshafts, inlet and exhaust manifolds, lubrication system, and engine management were all Aston Martin designs and the V8 engine was assembled by hand at the AM facility in Cologne, Germany, which also built the V12 engine for the DB9 and Vanquish.

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De Tomaso Pantera

De Tomaso PanteraI remember buying a magazine back in the ’90′s just because this car was on the cover. I put it above the Ferraris and Lambos at that time and became a firm favourite with me. I love the flared arches and the bulky aggressive look.

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BMW M5

BMW_M5_SedanBMW’s M division have been busy once again with the new M5 with this 560 HP 8 cylinder twin turbo unit hitting 60mph in 4.3 seconds. There’s also a competition package that increases the power to 575bhp and knocks a little off the 0-60 time bringing down to 4.2 seconds.

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Porsche 911 Turbo S

Porsche-911-Turbo-SThe Porsche 911 Turbo S – The Benchmark. The 911 has been around for years now but still regarded as one of the best supercars out there. This one in particular sitting at the top of the 911 list, with exception of the GT3. The 911 Turbo S is a 6 cylinder 3.8 rear engined layout that puts out 560bhp. With a top speed of 197mph and a 0-60 time of 3.1 seconds, it is no slouch.

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Mercedes SLS AMG

mercedes-benz-sls-amgMercedes have created a monster with the SLS AMG, a 6.2 litre V8 putting out just under 600bhp, hitting 60mph in 3.7 seconds and stomping on to a staggering 199mph. There’s a ‘black’ version which hands it a further 60bhp bringing it up to 631bhp, the black version has also gone on a diet (probably a carb diet) and lost 70kg.

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Audi R8

2013-Audi-R8The Audi R8, based on the Lamborghini Gallardo powered by a 5.2 litre V10 unit capable of producing 560bhp, is catapulted to 60mph in 3.6 seconds and on to 199mph using Audi’s Quattro permanent 4WD system.

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LaFerrari

La-FerrariFerrari,  everyone has heard of Ferrari and has adorned many young boys walls, and this follow-up to the Ferrari Enzo will be no exception. LaFerrari, their new hypercar with Formula 1 technology. A 6.3 litre V12 capable of pushing out 789BHP with an extra 160bhp on tap through an electric motor derived from F1 KERS technology. It’s a beast that will go like stink.!

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Bugatti Veyron

bugatti_veyronThe Bugatti Veyron is without a doubt one of the most talked about cars in the last few years. Awesome power and good looks with a nice price tag to match.

Quoted from the Bugatti website
With its 16-cylinder four-wheel drive, the Bugatti Veyron 16.4*) may well be the most sophisticated production vehicle of all times. 

Most of the components tucked beneath its hood are ingenious innovations that were formerly only deemed possible by visionaries like Ferdinand Piëch. Boasting a maximum speed of more than 400 km per hour, the Veyron is unmatched in the super sports category. It offers a total of 736 kW (1,001 HP), and its ample power reserves even at high speeds are the fabric of dreams for luxury-class limousines: for a constant speed of 250 km/h, the Veyron only needs 270-280 HP. This means that the seven-gear clutch transmission works with a torque of up to 1,250 Newton meters. The Electronic Stability Program ensures the necessary flexibility and maneuverability at any speed. The Veyron reaches velocities that would literally lift the car off the ground – if it weren’t for its ingenious aerodynamics, which keeps it firmly on the road even at full speed. Adjusting the back spoiler, reducing ground clearance, opening and closing the lids – it all adds to the perfect balance between propulsion and downforce. Such a super sports car may not seem to be brought to a halt easily, but the Veyron’s ceramic brakes slow it down faster than it can accelerate. While it takes this exceptional car only 2.5 seconds to go from 0 to 100 km/h, it needs even less time – a mere 2.3 seconds – to come to a standstill from 100 (reference point). To reduce the risk of injuries in accidents, Bugatti had a Formula 1 safety concept adapted for the Veyron. All these technical details combine to make the Veyron a truly exceptional super sports car.

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The Koenigsegg Agera S

AgeraSThe Agera S is truly a hypercar in every sense of the word, with sleek looks and enormous power from the 5 litre Bi-turbo, the V8 produces 1030bhp. It just looks damn cool.

As quoted from the Koenigsegg website
The 2014 Agera S was created specifically for markets where E85 fuel is unavailable. The Agera S has all the features and functions of the Agera R except for flexfuel capability. Despite not running on high-octane biofuel, Koenigsegg has still managed to extract an amazing 1100Nm of torque and a full 1030hp from the 5-liter Bi-turbo V8 when run on 98 octane RON or 93 octane DIN.

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The Lamborghini Aventador

Lamborghini-Aventador-LP700-4-White-1080x607In my opinion this is one of the best looking cars out there and with a lottery win I would be straight up the Lambo garage..! Unmistakably a Lamborghini, fantastic from every angle with an aggressive stance. A V12 engine producing 700bhp – 0-100kmh in 2.9 seconds with the help of 4WD would give you somewhat of a push in the back.!

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